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Freehold purses to increase five percent

on 04/17/2008 2:00 AM
Freehold Raceway has informed the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey that it will increase purses by five percent, effective with the next condition sheet. Additionally, the preferred pace and mares preferred will be added to the offerings.   These steps are being taken prior to the availability of the casino purse supplement.   For owners whose horses lost...
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Freehold\'s Taft recovering from surgery after spill

on 04/17/2008 2:00 AM
Karen Taft, the clerk of the course at Freehold Raceway, is recovering from shoulder replacement surgery and hopes to be released from CentraState Medical Center in Freehold on Friday.   Taft was jogging a horse on Tuesday who bolted, unseating her. Taft shattered her right shoulder into 21 pieces, she said. The shoulder joint replacement surgery took place on Wednesday. ...
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Green Day gearing up for Su Mac Lad

on 04/17/2008 2:00 AM
Jim Raymer is gearing up Green Day for his first big performance of the season in the $50,000 Su Mac Lad on Friday night at the Meadowlands, and Raymer knows he\'ll have to step up as he\'ll be facing his  toughest test so. The lone 4-year-old in the field, he is rated at 10-1 from the rail in Friday’s sixth race. His competition includes world record holder Giant Diablo, Swan Image, Americ...
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Trotter makes it two straight at The Meadows

on 04/16/2008 2:00 AM
Casperdfrendlyhors was fully extended but won his second straight $13,000 leg of the South Strabane Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings on Tuesday at The Meadows. Making his first start for new owner J.D. Snyder Jr. and trainer Rich Gillock following a private acquisition, Casperdfrendlyhors and Dick Stillings were content to stalk Pembroke Lane in the pocket. But the gelded son of SJ\'s...
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Court held again in Pocono open

on 04/16/2008 2:00 AM
Conway Court captured the $22,000 Open Trot for the second straight week at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Tuesday afternoon. Leaving from post seven in a field of nine, Conway Court sat third early while the 7-5 favorite, Snazzy Millie, set the opening fraction of :27.4. Driver Dan Dube sent Conway Court on the outside around the first turn of the Pocono oval and passed Snazzy Millie ...
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Took takes post two in Levy split Saturday at Yonkers

on 04/16/2008 2:00 AM
The penultimate preliminary leg of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series--round four for the uninitiated--goes Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway, with the pair of $50,000 events going as races eight and nine. Took Hanover, who took last week off after a snappy 1:51.1 effort in the second Levy round, landed post position two in Saturday night\'s second Levy divisi...
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Buck I St Pat\'s owners explain why mare won\'t be in Elitlopp

on 04/16/2008 2:00 AM
Dr. Ron Fuller, who bred Buck I St Pat and still owns an interest in the mare, has traveled to many European trotting events and says he wanted to race the mare in Sweden\'s Elitlopp, but \"with a partnership, I didn\'t have the only vote.\"   The 5-year-old mare is also owned by Ed Gold, Abraham Basen, and Philadelphia attorney Howard Taylor. Writing on the harnesslist, an e...
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Tigerama the 7-5 favorite in Battle of Lake Erie

on 04/16/2008 2:00 AM
Canadian invader Tigerama, a winner of five straight races, has been named the 7-5 favorite in Saturday’s $100,000 Battle of Lake Erie, a by-invitation pace, in a field that will also include Bono Bests and Western Ace. It is the 23rd edition of the race at Northfield Park.   Tigerama, owned by Robert Hamather of Exeter, Ont., drew the inside post, which makes him a prohibitive...
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Lis Mara\'s book full at 175 mares

on 04/16/2008 2:00 AM
Kentuckiana Farms has announced that Lis Mara\'s book for 2008 is full and closed at 175 mares, and it includes such notables as Lifetime Member (1:50.2, $472,721), Little Miss K (1:52.2, $530,089) and Worldly Beauty (1:49.3, $1,900,255).   Lis Mara is standing his first season at stud in 2008 at Kentuckiana Farms of Ontario, located at Emerald Ridge Farm of Rockwoo...
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Campbell to drive Giant Diablo

on 04/16/2008 2:00 AM
World champion trotter Giant Diablo will make her 2008 debut Friday at the Meadowlands in the opening round of the Su Mac Lad Series, and John Campbell will get the first-time drive after David Miller opted off to direct Swan Image.   Coming off a 1:54.3 win in a qualifier April 10 at the Meadowlands with Miller driving, the Swedish-owned Giant Diablo has not started in a purse race since l...
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Surtees Hanover raced conservatively, third in debut

on 04/16/2008 2:00 AM
Lord Capar, the top European 2-year-old of 2007, beat Surtees Hanover at the Solvalla racetrack in Stockholm on Wednesday night. Lord Capar, a son of Varenne, was timed in a mile rate of 2:02.1 over the 2,140 meters.   Lord Capar started from post three with Swedish driving ace Orjan Kihlstrom in the sulky. He trotted to the lead and was followed by Surtees Hanover,...
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Steinlager wins again, this time in Stockholm

on 04/16/2008 2:00 AM
Steinlager is back in business on the track as the 2005 Elitlopp champion won his second straight race after a long layoff at the Solvalla track on Wednesday night, defeating a field that included Citation.   With Bjorn Goop driving, Steinlager took the early lead from post six and trotted through a slow opening panel before picking up the tempo. The rest of the field didn\'t have...
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***New***Wire To Wire

on 04/16/2008 2:00 AM
Instead of lamenting the challenges facing harness racing, in this week\'s Wire To Wire Andrew Cohen suggests that one way for the sport to be seen--and distinguish itself--is to begin producing broadcasts of races in HD--high definition.   \"Here is a no-brainer for the industry,\" Cohen writes. \"Harness racing tracks—and the folks who bring us their satellite signals—o...
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Favorites take both series splits at Woodbine

on 04/15/2008 2:00 AM
Fa Mulan and Only Lonely were both winning favorites in Monday night\'s second leg of the Celias Counsel Trotting Series for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine Racetrack. In the opening $18,000(C) split, Fa Mulan went straight to the front from the outside post eight for driver Mike Saftic and wired the field for her sixth win of the season in just eight outings. Whatever Lolawants was a game secon...
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Scioto payments due April 15

on 04/15/2008 2:00 AM
In its 50th Anniversary season in 2008, Scioto Downs is offering horsemen several series for trotters and pacers of various ages and levels of earnings and payments on these events must be postmarked by Tuesday, April 15.   Among these events are the Killbuck Mary, BF Coaltown, and Heart Of Ohio trotting events. For pacers, Scioto Downs will host the Stienam, Billy Dart, Floating Dream...
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Tony Hall wins 2,000th career race

on 04/15/2008 2:00 AM
Tony Hall scored his 2,000th career win when he drove Beau Willee to victory in the fourth race on Monday at The Meadows. Hall, 29, grew up in Carlisle, Ohio near Lebanon Raceway, where he decided as a child to make his career in harness racing. “I\'ve been around horses since I was three,” he said. “Since I was a kid, that was my thing. When other kids were playing sports, I knew wh...
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PW Roman Lover romps by 9 in Meadows series split

on 04/15/2008 2:00 AM
PW Roman Lover continued to make a shambles of the North Strabane Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings, drawing off to win by nine lengths in 1:52.1 on Monday at The Meadows. Dave Palone sent the son of Grinfromeartoear on a quarter-pole move, and they were unchallenged from there. Papa Hemingway rebounded from a break last week to be second with Alastair Hanover in third. PW Roman Lover has w...
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Goshen touch for Museum of Natural History exhibit

on 04/15/2008 2:00 AM
The American Museum of Natural History in New York City will open a major new exhibit titled, “The Horse …Of Course” on May 17, and the Harness Racing Museum has provided items for that show. According to a Natural History Museum press release, the exhibit will, “examine the powerful and continuing relationship between horses and humans and explore the origins of the horse family, extend...
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Horseman Eddie Wheeler dies at 76

on 04/15/2008 2:00 AM
Horseman Eddie Wheeler, who won the 1961 Kentucky Futurity with Duke Rodney, trained Big John, and drove such greats as Cardigan Bay, Meadow Skipper, Sprite Rodney and Steady Star, died at his home in New York early Tuesday morning at age 76.   Born in Brooklyn, NY, Wheeler headed west at the age of 12 with a plan of becoming a jockey. Instead he met Hall of Famer Jimmy Cruise and ...
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Bill to be filed for 2009 to provide funding for Kentucky Racing

on 04/15/2008 2:00 AM
Kentucky state Senator Damon Thayer reportedly plans on pre-filing a bill for 2009 that would provide funding for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) and purse supplements for Standardbreds, Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses in the state. Thayer’s bill provides for 90 percent of the approximate $5 million a year in pari-mutuel taxes to go the KHRA and 10 percent to a purse supplement fund...
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